KOA is DOA--Lazy Lakes is the place to be!

Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
Trip End Dec 01, 2008

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

We left the Palm Coast area on the 19th of December and headed for the Florida Keys-the Sugarloaf KOA where we had a reservation for the 21-26th. One of our campground guides describes this KOA as having nice roomy sites; ample enough for slide outs-don't be fooled! This place packs 'em in like sardines and puts RVs in places that are too small. We had indicated that we needed a 45 ft site when we made our reservation. Turns out they only have sites up to 43ft long, but that doesn't stop them from taking in oversized RV's and trying to pack them in as if they had the space. The site fees are very pricey-over $100 per night, and they make you pay separately for internet service, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. They have employees and volunteers who ride around in golf carts like rent-a-cops, keeping tabs on everyone and monitoring noise levels. The atmosphere was too corporate, controlled and uptight for our liking. (No offense to some who may like this type of camping; we didn't.)

And as for service, as an example, our cable line was busted at the hookup. We informed them of this upon arrival and each morning thereafter. They kept saying they would get to it. We ended up hooking up to a vacant site for three days before someone arrived at that site on Christmas Eve, so we had to unhook our cable. At that point we went to the office one more time to ask them to fix the cable hookup (it just needed a new splitter-not a big job-we even offered to do it ourselves). The woman says, "Well, we are very busy today-it is Christmas Eve and all." Well, we reminded her that we had raised the issue for each of the three days before--when they clearly weren't so busy, that we are paying for a sight that has cable, so they needed to figure out how to make that happen. This incident, among others at the Sugarloaf KOA really soured us on this campground. So we spent the next day looking at all the campgrounds between the KOA and Key West. That is how we found the gem on Sugarloaf! The Lazy Lakes campground is not even a mile away from the KOA but offers a much nicer atmosphere-very laid back and very friendly! And the site we have is phenomenal (see pics!)! Right on the quarry lake with ample room for our whole rig and motorcycles, as well as for Mo and Ralph's car and a tent for them to sleep in when they came down for New Year's (see Key West for Christmas and New Year's blog). And there's plenty of wildlife on site-we saw a bald eagle, black vultures, snowy egrets, heron, woodpeckers, a beautiful iguana, and pelicans to name a few! At night the sky opens wide for stargazing and we can sit for hours and count the falling stars and identify new constellations. We bought the site for the week after our KOA stay, then another week, then another two! So now we find ourselves here until the 25th of January and having a great time.
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starlagurl on

You pay so much and get exactly the services you don't want. That's a shame.

Louise Brown
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Val on

TY so much fpr posting. We have cancelled KOA and booked Lazy Lakes

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